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Request Interlibrary Loan

For questions concerning Interlibrary Loan at B-CU, please contact
Mr. Angelo Salvo
(386) 481-2189

Click here to complete and send an Online Interlibrary Loan Request Form

What is an Interlibrary Loan?
An interlibrary loan is a transaction through which library materials are made available by one library to another for the use of an individual for research or serious study. 

Who May Use It?
Faculty, undergraduates, and staff may request needed material through Interlibrary Loan. 

What May Be Borrowed?

Listed below are materials that often are not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Periodicals. Photocopy may be requested in lieu of loan.
  • Dissertations and Theses.  Some libraries lend doctoral dissertations; many do not.  Most dissertations are available for purchase from University Microfilms International.  Masters' theses tend to be more often available through Interlibrary Loan than are doctoral dissertations. 
  • Special Collections. 
  • Reference Books. 
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts.
  • Newspapers in the Original.  Microfilm is generally available for loan.  
  • Duplicates of Books Which Are in the Carl Swisher Library Collection unless the need is urgent and the material can be found in another Central Florida Library.

How Long Will It Take?
One to two weeks, on the average, when the needed material can be found in the Central Florida area.  Two to four weeks, on the average, when the material must be obtained from outside the area.

How Much Will It Cost?
Photocopy acquired through Interlibrary Loan will be cost free to faculty, undergraduates and staff.  There is no charge to the Interlibrary Loan patron for the borrowing of library materials.  A processing fee of 25 cents per exposure will be assessed for materials not picked up. 

Procedure for Requesting And Receiving Material
A separate request form in some cases must be filled out for each item desired.Request forms must be filled out completely, with full bibliographic information for the item requested.  If the borrower does not give a complete citation, the processing of the transaction may be delayed. If the borrower has a firm deadline (i.e., a date beyond which the requested material is not needed), that should be noted at the proper place on the request form.

When the requested material arrives, borrowers will be notified by phone, if possible.  They should come by the Reference Department to pick up the material as soon as possible.  It is the responsibility of the borrower to check on the status of the requested material. 

More Information For the Borrower
The length of the loan period is set by the lending library.  It is usually two or three weeks but varies with the lending library.  Restrictions, such as "library use only" and "no photocopying" are set also by the lending library.  These restrictions must be strictly observed.  Failure to comply with such limits and restrictions will result in a loss of Interlibrary Loan privileges.

Renewals should be requested only in exceptional cases.  When a renewal is necessary, the borrower must get in touch with the Carl Swisher Reference Department three or four days before the material is due.  Material on loan is subject to recall by the lending library at any time.  The borrower is responsible for the material borrowed and, in the event of loss or damage, is obligated to meet the cost of repair or replacement. Materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned directly to the Reference Department.  The Reference Department Office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  When the office is closed, materials may be returned to the librarian on duty.
Click here to complete and send an Online Interlibrary Loan Request Form

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